In the Lawn

 

My favourite lens is my Lensbaby Velvet 56. I love the glow it creates, especially when wide open and as its a macro lens it lets me get really close to my subjects. I’ve been playing with the Lensbaby Velvet 85 over the last few weeks. The longer focal length means i don’t have to get so close to get images I love. I spent some time today crouching on the lawn trying to capture the little flowers hidden between the blades of grass.

 

 

From the Hill Top

 

I’ve had fun over the last few months exploring new running routes and discovering some of the local footpaths. One takes me from the Old Hills over a hill and down to Jennett Tree Lane. At the top of the hill there are great views of Worcester and the Malvern Hills. Today we had a wander up there with the dogs and my camera. Hope you like the views as much as I do.

 

  • Sunshine on Malvern
  • Worcester

 

19th October 2019

We were out earlier than usual for a weekend, we wanted to be back for the rugby. It was still dark when we left the house but I took my camera bag in the hope I’d get a good sunrise shot. I was after a “Landscape”  shot for my Project 52. I was hoping to get the Malvern Hills in the reflected light of the sunrise. I started out with the Lensbaby Velvet 85 on my camera but swathed to the Velvet 56 about half way round.

 

I didn’t get the shot I wanted but I was pleased with the shots of Kempsey, across the river and the telegraph poles stretching into the distance. So many times I’ve wished they weren’t there!

 

 

When we went further round the Hills to the western side, facing the Malvern Hills the cloud was clinging to the top but the sun hadn’t risen enough to illuminate them. I still got some interesting shots, what do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Peas – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

Memory can play tricks on you. My neighbour had a great, colourful display of sweet peas which for some reason brought back memories of my grandpa growing them. I don’t know where that one came from as I remember some things about his garden really clearly, the strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, the greenhouse and the hen run.

 

Anyway, I got some shots of George’s sweet peas using my lensbaby velvets. I hope you enjoy them.

 

 

We’ve got some new members in the circle this month so please make sure you follow the links to complete the circle. You see some fantastic shots by some great photographers, next up is Janet Broughton

 

Orchid – Lensbaby Blog Circle

After the celebrations at Christmas and New Year, January is always a long, dull month. I was in town paying the bills and looking to treat myself to some cut flowers when I spotted the orchid. It was the same price as a bunch of flowers and even with my record of looking after plants, if it lasted two weeks, I’d get my money’s worth. So I gave in and bought it. It really brightens up the room.

I had fun afternoon playing with my different Lensbaby lenses and optics taking photos at different distances and angles. The two full size shots above, were taken with the Edge 50 and the close ups below, were the Velvets or the Soft Focus optic. My favourites are the ones taken with the soft focus optic, the light is softer. I haven’t used this optic for a while so it was great to get some shots I really like. It reminded how I forget about the older optics, which still have a place in my kit. I hope you enjoy the results.

To complete the blog circle  and see more great Lensbaby shots follow the links starting with Carol’s Waterfront Walk

 

September Sunrise – Lensbaby Blog Circle

September and October are my favourite months of the year. One of the reasons for this is the spectacular sunrises. Living on the eastern side of the Malvern Hills I get to watch the sunrise over the mist which clings to the Severn Plain. On some days I can watch it rise up, engulfing everything or receding back to the river. As I got up the other morning and looked out, I knew it was going to be beautiful sunrise. I set my camera up and planned to use the different Lensbaby lenses and optics to play and investigate the different effects. As I was trying to do this in between getting ready for work it didn’t work as planned.

 

Before dawn the horizon was a deep red colour. As I went back and forth between my camera and getting ready the colour lost its intensity and then deepened again as the sun rose. The mist was thick on the ground and it was amazing to watch it move and change. It was like watching the waves on the ocean in very slow motion. As the sun came up the reflection from the top of the mist was fantastic.

 

The early shots were taken with the Circular fisheye and Burnside 35, the other are either the velvet 56 or 85.

 

 

At the weekend I had more time and was lucky enough to witness another great sunrise. The mist wasn’t so dramatic but the colour was special. This time I was playing with the Sweet 80 and the Zone plate/pin hole optic. They create very different effects. 

 

 

I hope you enjoy the photos and don’t forget to follow the circle. Follow the link to Stephanie DeFranco’s blog about Texas gold.

 

Here we go round the mulberry bush – Lensbaby Blog Circle

The Lensbaby Blog Circle is a group of photographers who love Lensbaby lenses. We each publish a post at the start of the month and link to one of the other posts. Follow the links at the end of each post until you come back here, who knows what great photos you’ll see.

 

Here we go round the Mulberry bush is a nursery rhyme and game I learned as a child. We sang the song and mimed the actions. It was just one of many we learned and I didn’t give it much thought. I don’t remember wondering or asking what a mulberry was. The tune and lyrics can be found on Wikipedia. We had raspberries and strawberries in the garden but I had no idea what a mulberry was. Later I remember learning that silkworms eat mulberry leaves and then there is the famous Mulberry brand.

 

Several years ago while walking the dogs on the common we noticed and watched a man behaving strangely under one of the trees. We realised he was picking something and eating it. After he’d moved off we went to take a look and found the tree was covered in deep red and almost black berries. The black ones were incredibly sweet but I preferred the tart deep red ones. Looking them up, later that day we discovered they were mulberries. We’ve picked some every year since. They make great jam and are a great addition to cereal for breakfast.

 

I had a free, nutritious breakfast on the common and ended up with sticky red juice all over my hands.

 

The next post in the circle is by Katrin Bechhold who is writing about the Travelling Burnside project. Follow the links to see lots of great Lensbaby photos.

 

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